Monrovia, Liberia: Liberia’s President George Manneh Weah has nominated Sinoe County Senator, Cllr. Joseph N. Nagbe as Associate Justice to the Honourable Supreme Court of Liberia, replacing retired Justice Philip A. Z. Banks.
Justice Banks earlier this year retired from the Supreme Court of Liberia in keeping with the constitution provision, having served eight years on the bench.
Article 72(b) of the 1986 Constitution provides that, “the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court and judges of subordinate courts of record shall be retired at the age of 70; provided, however, that a justice or judge who has attained that age may continue in office for as long as may be necessary to enable him to render judgment or perform any other judicial duty in regard to proceedings entertained by him before he attained that age.”
Banks, who was the oldest member of the court turned 70, according to Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, is required to continue in office until the end of June 2018.
The nomination of Cllr. Joseph N. Nagbe as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court is subject to confirmation by the Honourable Liberian
If Confirmed by the Senate, Cllr. Joseph N.Nagbe departure will create a vacant seat in the Liberian Senate, leading to another senatorial by-elections.